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Borrowing

Renew Materials  Interlibrary Loan/ Illiad

The WVU Libraries strive to provide easy access to our materials while still ensuring their availability to all users.  In recent years, we’ve eliminated overdue fines on the majority of loans and cut fees that appeared punitive.  Currently, only certain materials accrue overdue fines and those are due to specific circumstances: a limited number of items, demand for a title or piece of equipment is very high, or when we are borrowing materials from other libraries.  In these instances, we will continue to institute overdue fines.  This helps make our limited resources available to many users and it keeps us in good standing with our reciprocal partners. 

In order to maintain the collection, the Libraries still invoice for materials that are not returned within 30 days of the due date.  This replacement charge will be waived if the material is returned.

Guidelines

Overdue Charges

Student fines and bills are referred to the  Office of Student Accounts and can be paid there or online via the link to Student Accounts in STAR or Mix.

Faculty and staff borrowing privileges are blocked for fines totaling more than $100 or when un-returned materials have been billed for replacement. Payment for fines and bills can be made via credit card, Mountie Bounty or check. The library does not accept cash.

The following items are not covered by these guidelines and still accrue daily fines

Item Fine Additional Note
Course Reserves $0.05 per minute per item
ILL (ILLiad and E-ZBorrow) materials $1.00 per day 10-day grace period; fine starts at $11 on the 11th day late
Laptops and chargers $5.00 per day
  • The Downtown Library has Same-Day laptops and chargers for In-Library Use Only. Same-Day laptops should not leave the library
  • The Evansdale Library has laptops and chargers that check out for 8-hours and are for In-Library Use Only. Laptops with 8-hour loans should not leave the library
  • Both the Downtown and Evansdale Libraries have a limited number of MacBooks and Dell laptops available for 14-day loans
    • Because of the limited supply, users may only check out the 14-day laptops twice per semester
Multimedia & Classroom Teaching equipment $5.00 per day
Items recalled for Reserve $3.00 per day


Replacement costs for material not returned

Replacement Options for Lost Materials

If an exact replacement of the lost material is available (same ISSN, year, edition, etc.), WVU Libraries is willing to accept that in lieu of the replacement charges. Replacement copies must be approved in advance by the Library. Check with one of the Library Service Desks before purchasing a replacement copy.  If the lost item was borrowed from another library through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), users need to email Resource Sharing before purchasing a replacement as some lending libraries will not accept replacement copies. Resource Sharing staff need to check with the lending library to see what the policy is.

Appeals Process

If you would like to appeal a fine or fee, read about Fines/ Fees Appeals Process .